Pray on Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Prayer for Reflection: Habakkuk's complaint to God (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

The plight of children dying around the world - through no fault of their own - leads us to echo the words of Habakkuk as we cry out to God in our grief.

How long, LORD, must I call for help,
but you do not listen? 
Or cry out to you, "Violence!"
but you do not save? 
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? 
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds. 
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails. 
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

Child mortality is a terrible and heartbreaking aspect of poverty, and in many instances deaths are preventable. Goal 4 aims to significantly reduce the mortality rate of children under 5 by two thirds by 2015. Currently, the rate has dropped from 12.6 million to 6.9 million. Whilst this is an encouraging development, there are still many countries that have made little or no progress in this area. Child mortality can be largely prevented through adequate provision of health services and education programmes for mothers.

Pray with us:

  • Give thanks for more than 5 million children's lives being saved each year, and for the increase in immunisations and health interventions, such as insecticide treated bed nets, which have helped to reduce preventable diseases.
  • Pray for governments to prioritise health education programmes and services to help families provide their children with good diet, a safe environment and access to health care.
  • Pray for God to show compassion on families that lose children in their time of grieving.
  • Pray particularly for Africa, which has the lowest percentage of children immunised against measles, and the highest mortality rate of children under five.

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